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Process innovation and the persistence of monopoly with labour-managed firms

  • Luca Lambertini

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, UniversitÁ degli Studi di Bologna, Strada Maggiore 45, I-40125 Bologna, Italy)

The issue of the persistence of monopoly when at least one labour-managed firm takes part in an auction for a cost-reducing innovation is tackled in this paper. It is shown that (i) when the incumbent is a profit-maximizing firm while the entrant is a labour-managed firm, monopoly persists; (ii) when both firms are labour-managed, monopoly persists only if the technology initially employed by the incumbent is highly inefficient as compared to the new one; and, finally, (iii) when the incumbent is labour-managed while the outsider is a profit seeking agent, then entry always occurs and monopoly changes hands.

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Volume (Year): 3 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 359-369

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Handle: RePEc:spr:reecde:v:3:y:1998:i:4:p:359-369
Note: Received: 3 July 1997 / Accepted: 16 February 1998
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